Erub (Darnley) Island is one Australia’s most remote places, located in the Torres Strait Islands in the most north easterly point of Australia. Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists from Erub Arts Collaborative have worked with ghost nets (abandoned fishing nets) to create an immersive installation of an underwater world including vivid coral and magnificent sculptural fish, turtles, sharks and jellyfish. 

Ghost Nets of the Ocean shares the artists’ concerns for the loss of marine life and environmental damage caused by rogue nets, bringing to light the irreparable harm that discarded nets cause to marine life.

ARTISTS
Ethel Charlie
Solomon Charlie
Marion Gaemers
Rachel Emma Gela
Sarah-Dawn Gela
Lynnette Griffiths
Florence Gutchen
Lavinia Ketchell
Lorenzo Ketchell
Nancy Kiwat
Nancy Naawi
Racy Oui-Pitt
Alma Sailor
Ellarose Savage
Jimmy K. Thaiday
Jimmy J. Thaiday

detail: Sarah-Dawn Gela, (middle left to right) Nancy Naawi, Ethel Charlie, Florence Gutchen, (back) Nancy Kiwat, Racy Oui-Pitt, Lavinia Ketchell with their squids, 2017, photo: Lynnette Griffiths